People have criticized this site's software upgrade, at times its uptime/downtime, and also its management. I have. And many of you have too.
But none of which matters one whit, compared to the personal enrichment received from the exchange of friendship, comraderie, support, and also actual knowledge (on occasion ) exchanged sometimes.
Thinking back through just this last week, I'm trying to itemize to myself how many and which members I've had wonderful personal/private exchanges with - is it 5 or 6? About 1/4 of the time in person and 3/4 of the time on the Internet, but thats how Internet sites work I guess.
I know, I kid different people here a bit - likely too much. And personal contacts I have with members here are almost never discussed; maybe one in twenty I would guess. I don't want to exhibitionize personal contacts I have with members on here.
Just a few minutes ago a fellow forum member drove out my driveway on his way home - he is one of the finest men that has walked this earth. He and I found out about each other's common interests (same hunting grounds, styles, methods, and more) on this forum close to 2 years ago. I won't mention his name and hopefully he won't respond on this thread because like I said, I don't want to exhibitionize personal relationships.
What I do want to do is to thank all of those I've gotten to know personally on here.
And to say that the individual forum members are the glue that makes this site what it is; as great as it is. Not technology, not this site's management policies or its mighty insight, or anything else, but it is the many wonderful people here.
And just like in real life, you run across some real jerks here. But also, just like in real life, the hugely wonderful people outnumber the jerks 100 to 1.